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verb [no object]
shine with a bright, shimmering reflected light: trees and grass glittered with dew.
• shine as a result of strong feeling: her eyes were glittering with excitement.
noun [in singular]
1 a bright, shimmering reflected light: the blue glitter of the sea.
• a glint in a person's eye indicating a particular emotion: the scathing glitter in his eyes.
2 tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration: sneakers trimmed with sequins and glitter.
3 an attractive and exciting but superficial quality: he avoids the glitter of show business.
crystal glittered in the candlelight: SHINE, sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, wink, flash, catch the light; literary glister.
1 the glitter of light on the water: SPARKLE, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, flash; brilliance, luminescence.
2 the glitter of show business: GLAMOUR, excitement, thrills, attraction, appeal; dazzle; informal razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz, glitz, ritziness.
all that glitters is not gold
proverb the attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature.
late Middle English: from Old Norse glitra.
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1 as a consequence; for this reason: a stiff breeze and hence a high windchill.
2 in the future (used after a period of time): two years hence they might say something quite different.
3 (also from hence) archaic from here: hence, be gone.
the amount of traffic—and hence the amount of pollution—will be reduced: CONSEQUENTLY, as a consequence, for this reason, therefore, ergo, thus, so, accordingly, as a result, because of that, that being so.
Middle English hennes (sense 3): from earlier henne (from Old English heonan, of Germanic origin)